Bay Tour

My buddy Jordan is out visiting me this week and we’ve been having a blast! The first day my friend Ben took us up on a Bay Tour. There was a decent amount of fog and The Golden Gate Bridge was all fogged over, but it was still an awesome experience!

The Christmas Smoker

The Christmas Smoker

This German incense smoker has long been a traditional fixture of Christmas for my family, who I was blessed to be with again this past Christmas.

A Tribute to a Faithful Companion

As some of you might know my dear Brittany Spaniel, Jenny, passed away last month. I think the hardest part for me was coming home to my parents’ house having seen her in perfect health just a few months prior and finding only a shade of what she was before. She wasn’t waiting in the car for me at the airport, nor did she rush to me and vocalize her joy at my return, which she’d always done even if I left for just an hour. Instead I found her gaunt and dull-eyed. She mustered one bay for me, but that was all. It broke my heart.

My parents had taken her to numerous vets, but no one knew what was wrong with her. She wasn’t eating. They guessed cancer, but to test that would require an operation, which she might not have survived. I was home barely two days before we dropped her off at her second home on the way to the airport for our family vacation. Her second home was a couple who had previously owned Brittanys and loved taking Jenny whenever my family was away. They took her knowing full well her condition. I’m very glad she was able to spend her last few days with them and am thankful for their generosity and love for her.

The couple days I was home the end of our trip were hard, too. Previously when I was home she was my shadow, even sharing my bed at night. If I had a hand available it was used to pet her, and if I didn’t she used her muzzle to try to free one. Jenny loved to be taken to the levee and be let loose to run free, chase birds, and get dirty. She had such a unique personality and was very expressive, especially vocally. She was definitely the most beautiful Brittany I’ve ever seen.

It was a lot of work raising her from 7 weeks, but it was worth it, even though I only had 8 years with her. I got angry after the initial wave of grief, thinking that her life was unfairly cut short, but God in His way made me realize that it was really a gracious gift to have her for as long as I did. I’ve been meditating on Psalm 103:1-5 a lot recently and the beginning of verse 5 says God is the one “who satisfies you with good.” Jenny was certainly a source of joy and satisfaction for me. I definitely miss her. Thanks to everyone who sent me notes, both physical and digital, they meant a lot.

Jenny Tribute
Jenny never wanted to be left behind. :)

Jenny Tribute

Jenny Tribute

Jenny Tribute

View more photos of her I’ve posted over the years here.

Independence Day on the Bay

Craneway Pavilion

Fireworks during the concert finale at Craneway Pavilion in Richmond last Sunday evening. So grateful to spend the weekend with my good friend Trevor and much of it – including the concert – with his awesome family. It’s such a blessing to be adopted by other families, especially when you’re almost 2000 miles away from your actual family.

Pixar

Yesterday I had the privilege of going to Pixar for a screening of the new Cars 2 movie which comes out on Friday. Below are a few shots of places where I was allowed to take photos. Thanks to my friend Anthony for hooking me up!

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My golden ticket

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Luxo, Jr. and ball

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Sully and Mike

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Luigi and Guido

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Part of the lobby in Pixar’s main building

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